Monday, December 09, 2013 8:34 AM
Published on: Thursday, October 17, 2013
By Peter Rouleau
GERMANTOWN - For more than 30 years, Butler’s Orchard, a large family-owned farm in Germantown, has hosted an annual Pumpkin Festival. Every weekend in October, visitors are invited to buy locally-grown Halloween pumpkins, hear live music and participate in a variety of family-friendly activities. More than 25,000 pumpkins are sold every year.
“We tend to cater to families with younger kids,” said Butler’s farmer Washington White. “When you take a kid to the festival area, that’s when you realize what it’s all about. I didn’t realize it myself until I took my granddaughter up there and she had a blast.”
This year, young children have the opportunity to run through a twisted corn maze, slide down several large slides, ride ponies and get their faces painted.
“We love that they have so many activities for kids,” said Kelly Nelson, who regularly visits the festival with her children Emily, Sarah and Cole. The Nelson children particularly enjoy playing in the hay in the Orchard’s large hay barn.
Steven Viers, who returned to festival for his third year, left with six pumpkins, costing about $65.
“We came with my little boy, his best friend, and another friend, so this s a collection of pumpkins for three families,” Viers said. “ It’s a great place to bring a young kid for the day.”
Admission to the festival is $11 per person, with children younger than 2 admitted for free. For more information, visit www.butlersorchard.com.